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After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPNscrum. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of compelling insight from one of Australia's most renowned rugby writers.
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Super Rugby
Feb 10, 2014:  Benji Marshall's return to Sydney via the rah-rah ranks wasn't exactly in the headless chicken category, but the New South Wales Waratahs-Blues trial at Allianz Stadium was still of immense value
Super Rugby Preview
Feb 10, 2014:  The Cheetahs have the potential to make the cut-off again, but Greg Growden says lack of outright class should see them fall short as opponents will underestimate them no longer
Super Rugby Preview
Feb 10, 2014:  Greg Growden says the Stormers know how to smother the opposition, but they need Demetri Catrakilis to provide the impetus and implement the game plan to unshackle an under-performing attack
Super Rugby Preview
Feb 10, 2014:  Jake White left the Brumbies after missing the Wallabies job, returning to South Africa where he is now director of rugby at the Sharks; Greg Growden understands why Sharks fans are talking about this being their year after winning the Currie Cup
Super Rugby Preview
Feb 10, 2014:  Greg Growden says the Lions are back, but their return is highly unlikely to involve any bite ... one team has to finish last, and they are the raging favourites to do just that
Super Rugby Preview
Feb 10, 2014:  Times must be tough if the Bulls have lured back Victor Matfield to head their charge, Greg Growden says, and the Bulls' dearth of experience - the legend aside - is bound to work against one of the most consistent Super Rugby franchises
Super Rugby
Feb 7, 2014:  Greg Growden names six Super Rugby players he expects to star this season? Which players do you believe will capture the imagination in 2014??
National Rugby Championship
Feb 3, 2014:  ESPNscrum has learned that Australian Rugby Union officials want Israel Folau to headline the Greater Sydney Rams roster for the inaugural National Rugby Championship campaign
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Jan 10, 2014:  Rugby authorities should look at the representative calendar, and address seriously the issues of player welfare, after Ben Mowen quit Australia to spend more time with his family, Greg Growden writes
Rugby
Dec 31, 2013:  Greg Growden stares into his crystal ball to see what rugby 2014 has in store for us. Tongue in cheek? Maybe. Maybe not. We think much may come to pass
Bad Santa
Dec 19, 2013:  Greg Growden has updated his gift list to recognise his changed feelings about the health, wealth and happiness of Australian rugby; still, what to buy Bill Pulver, the man who doesn't yet quite have everything he wants?
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Dec 2, 2013:  Ewen McKenzie displayed a glimpse of a slight grin after his Wallabies had defeated Wales, and Greg Growden believes the Moai of Australian rugby is excused his brief moment of frivolity
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Nov 29, 2013:  Watland Gatland has commenced barb-aric "mental warfare" against the Australia, but is he doing so to hide deficiencies in his midfield, Greg Growden writes
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Nov 25, 2013:  Australia impressed in doing what they had to do in Edinburgh, keeping it simple to produce a sound performance in trying times, getting in, doing the job, and getting out as soon as they could, Greg Growden writes
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Nov 22, 2013:  Ewen McKenzie's reaction to the Dublin drinkfest - even if it has antagonised squad members - will reap rewards, starting from the Scotland Test at Murrayfield, Greg Growden writes
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Nov 19, 2013:  Ewen McKenzie's tough stance against the "Dublin XV" could easily be a defining moment for the Wallabies, Greg Growden writes
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Nov 18, 2013:  The joy and ecstasy on show by the Wallabies is over the top at times, but it was justified in Dublin after their most complete performance of the season, Greg Growden writes
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Nov 15, 2013:  Australia have enjoyed a perfect preparation for the Ireland Test - avoiding overblown statements to the media, and selectors now naming the best matchday squad of the tour to date
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Nov 11, 2013:  Greg Growden is glad to hear Ewen McKenzie pushing the line that Australia will convince fans that they are on the road to recovery only when they develop the knack of playing well and winning week after week
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Nov 8, 2013:  Countless Wallabies are lucky to be given another chance after their spineless effort at Twickenham, where indecision, poor leadership and a rudderless approach saw them lose to sub-standard England
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